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Saying Goodbyes

As long as we live, they too will live;
 for they are now a part of us, as we remember them. (Excerpt from the poem, “We Remember Them” – Author Unknown) The last two weeks have taken a toll on the colorectal cancer community. Many of us involved in colon and rectal cancer support knew and worked with Gloria Borges. She was respected and admired for her passion and inspiration to find a cure. She was an advocate. A fundraiser. A leader. And most importantly, a hero. It was her mission to find a cure and stop cancer in its tracks. She fought long and hard through the WunderGlo Foundation. Gloria

Earlier End-of-Life Talk Associated with Less Aggressive Late Care

Early discussions about desired end-of-life care, among patients with incurable cancer, were associated with less aggressive treatment in the last month of life, according to a study published this week in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (Nov. 13 online ahead of print). The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) highlighted this study for providing “the first-of-its-kind scientific evidence that timing of end-of-life discussions affects decisions” and actual treatment given at the end of a patient’s life. The study found that nearly 40% of end-of-life discussions with cancer patients happened in the last 30 days of life. Among patients who had such discussions earlier, they were much more likely to receive

“Isn’t Hospice End-of-Life Care?”

Fight Colorectal Cancer’s September 2012 patient webinar focused on issues that run rampant with misunderstanding and fear: palliative and hospice care. Dr. Jim Meadows, Director of Palliative and Hospice Care at Tennessee Oncology, led the webinar. He spoke at length about palliative care, but not surprisingly, the majority of questions toward the end of the webinar focused on hospice care. One listener had a good question that elicited a great response from Dr. Meadows. We wanted to share it with you. Q: Isn’t hospice ‘end of life’ care? Why are you saying it prolongs life when I have heard of many people having to watch for days and even weeks

Sept 2012 Webinar: Hospice and Palliative Care

Dr. Jim Meadows, Director of Hospice and Palliative Care at Tennessee Oncology, will discuss this months webinar topic. He will address questions like: How does a family and a health care team best work together to guide a patient through a terminal illness? How does everyone continue to support quality, patient-centered, end-of-life care? Hospice care and Palliative care: Is there a difference between the two, and if so, what? Many people still think that palliative care means hospice care. But today, hospice is only a small part of palliative care. The goal of palliative care is to prevent or treat the symptoms and side effects of a disease; and it

No More Room in the Bucket

[Our dear friend and advocate Pat Steer passed away on July 17, 2012. This was the last blog post she wrote for us.] My friend Janet asked me last week if there were still things I wished I could do, any unfinished things on my bucket list. I thought for a minute before I said, “No.” I’m sure Janet expected something like a wish to visit the Grand Canyon or take that cross-country sleeper train trip I’d always promised myself. What I really wanted to say, the first thing that came to mind: “I want to be strong enough to go upstairs and do a load of laundry.” Inconsequential as

Early Palliative Care Increases Survival Time

Should cancer care focused on quality of life wait until all treatment ends?  Or can it be integrated with medical treatment as soon as someone is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness? In a study of 150 advanced lung cancer patients, starting palliative care along with standard life-prolonging treatment when patients were first diagnosed not only improved their mood and quality of life, it actually increased the time they lived. Although patients who received early palliative care received less aggressive treatment at the end of life, they lived almost 3 months longer than patients who didn’t have such early support.

Physical Therapy Helps Fatigue in Hospice Patients

Dying cancer patients had less fatigue and their physical symptoms improved when they had physical therapy three times a week. Control group patients who were not included in the PT program had both physical symptoms and quality of life get worse, even over two weeks of observation. Patients in the study were part of a hospice program in Poland.

Massage Briefly Eases Pain and Helps Mood for Dying Cancer Patients

Massage from a trained massage therapist gave pain relief and raised moods for dying cancer patients immediately after each treatment.  However, the effects didn’t last over time. Researchers compared the effects of simple touch to therapeutic massage for 380 patients in a hospice program.  Randomly, some patients received up to six 30-minutes massages over a three week period.  Other patients were simply touched briefly in ten different places on their body over three minutes. 

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